Hyundai has come so far as a brand the last couple of years and the Tucson is a result of a continuing pursuit of improvement. The new & improved Tucson was built with a couple of objectives. The goal of the new Tucson is to be bold, efficient and safe. This crossover is entering a crowded field, but has a ton of features that make it fun to drive, efficient and good looking.
Here are my favorite key points about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson
Responsive Handling – Like I said, this car is fun to drive, it handles amazingly and makes you smile when you drive it, even the wife agrees! Part of this is most likely due to the increase in both length and wheel base.
Impressive Interior Space – This is a compact SUV, but the inside fits taller adults comfortably in both the front and back. With plenty of headroom, legroom in the backseat is at a premium if you are tall, but still pretty impressive overall. The seats in the Limited vehicle are very comfortable and have multiple adjustments available.
In addition there is plenty of storage room in the Tucson, I was impressed with the overall space in back, and there is even a nifty option to lower the floor about 2″ in the back to give a little bit of extra room for moving stuff.
Drive Modes – You get to pick choose your handling and your efficiency with a choice between normal, eco and sport drive modes. Go for great mileage with eco (you will notice a decrease in initial acceleration) or superior handling and acceleration with sport mode. Or, you can go for the best of both worlds and choose normal.
Bold – Like I said, this car is fun to drive, but it also is a great looking car to be seen in. The design of the front grill and some nice features on the rear make the Tucson very noticeable. The LED lights add to a very aggressive and bold style.
Efficient – You are able to get some impressive gas mileage on a crossover with the Tucson. We drove the Eco version for a week which boasts a mpg line of 26/33/29. I was about 28 mpg through most of my experience. I did go on a small trip and was able to keep the mpg on the highway at 32, which I was very happy with since I was switching driving modes the entire time.
Tech – The new Tucson is all tech’d up. A lot of the tech includes safety as well, so there is a standard rearview camera with a standard 5” screen or an upgraded 8” screen. Sirius Radio offer “start at beginning of song” and rewind, which is great and incredibly useful. Hyundai’s blueLink is very useful providing Connected Care, Remote Access, Destination Search and works with the Apple Watch.
The new Tucson is a must to consider if you are in the market for a compact SUV, the car works well for the family and for a first time new car buyer. With 43 models – the SE, ECO, Sport & Limited – there is one that will look great in your driveway.
Starting at $22,700 (base SE, front wheel drive) you get a lot of car for the price. There are a number of premium options that are available on the Tucson which are not seen anywhere in most of the competition, including a massive sunroof, Lane Assist, heated & ventilated seats, hands free tailgate.
You will soon see the new Tucson on the streets, check it out and get used to seeing it. If you didn’t know, Hyundai is the official car of the NFL and you will see a ton of it on TV, so why not see it in your driveway too!
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